Warm, inviting drum & bass on the best Exit release in some time.
James shows off his songwriting chops on "Worth The Pain," an R&B collaboration with the vocalist Alia Fresco so pitch-perfect that it could be on a mainstream pop record. There's a hint of dBridge's Autonomic sound in its faint glow, which resurfaces on the moody "Triangle." Where drum & bass is often about functionality and rhythm, James highlights melody and texture. This comes to light best on the dBridge collaboration "Acidize," which is six minutes of jerky Super Mario Bros melodies. "No Team," a collaboration with American hip-hop producer Lorn, is warm and inviting, almost like a hug. These qualities make The Death Of Habit a potential sleeper hit, and the finest Exit release in some time.